From Dawn to Dusk in Copenhagen - A Guide to Cool Nørrebro
When people ask me what to do in Copenhagen, I often answer that the best way to experience the city is to just stroll around. Get a cup of coffee, do some people watching from a cosy cafe, enjoy some good and cheap food and ride your rented bike through the cobblestoned streets of the city.
If it is your first visit to the Danish capital, there are of course some touristy must-sees. However, I trust that you have already heard about these sights – so I am going to guide you through the more hidden gems of my favourite Copenhagen neighbourhoods. The city’s foreseeable size makes it possible to see a whole lot in a little time, so why stay put in the centre when there are so many charming places around town? We’ll spend most of the time in my absolute favourite area: Nørrebro. Being the cheapest in town, this neighbourhood is home to all kinds of people, which makes this the city’s most vibrant and colourful area with a hipster factor that’s pretty high (but then again – that pretty much goes for the whole city!).
The best way to start the day is with a rustic breakfast at Nordisk Brødhus. We care a lot about bread here in Denmark, and this place definitely serves some of the best in town! Have a bowl of yoghurt and homemade granola with your bun that is fresh out of the wood-fired stone oven and you’re guaranteed a good beginning of the day.
Very close by you’ll find Assistens Kirkegård, the most beautiful green space in the neighbourhood. Among many other great thinkers, this old cemetery has Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard buried here. Don’t be weirded out by the fact that the place still functions as a cemetery – whenever the weather allows it, people picnic on the grass and enjoy the quietness and the beautiful old trees.
If you’re ready for a cup of coffee, the close-by Jægersborggade is home to the best beans in town. Coffee Collective is a popular place that has expanded their coffee not only to all of Copenhagen, but also Paris. If you want a traditional Danish pastry with that, visit Meyer’s Bakery just across the street. Their kanelsnurrer (cinnamon rolls) are to die for and I promise you, one visit throughout your stay won’t be enough!
If you feel like taking a stroll, you should pass by Søerne, the lakes of Copenhagen. These three lakes once served as the fortifications of the city and today Copenhageners love to catch up here with a cup of coffee to go, go for a run or a small sail in the water. Do as the Copenhageners do and stroll around the docks and gather an appetite; it’s dinner time soon!
Just a few minutes walk from Søerne you’ll find Blågårdsgade. This is where all the cool kids of Nørrebro hang out and the street is packed with restaurants, cafes and bars. Prices are student friendly and the street is always lively and buzzing, especially during the darker hours of the weekend. Bust serves a great dish of the day that’s well prepared and down to earth – and always made from fresh and local ingredients. Make sure to get a seat outside!
If you feel like ending your day with a beer, Mikkeller & Friends located on the hip and up-and-coming Stefansgade serve more than 40 different beers on tap – all of them from microbreweries around the country. This place is packed on a Friday night, and people love the beers so much that the entrepreneurial guys behind the business have opened a branch in San Francisco.
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Nana is a freelance travel journalist and a big food lover. She loves taking photos and uses the city as an inspiration.